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Laurent Koscielny | Defensemen

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 165

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Laurent Koscielny broke a bit of a slump in terms of fantasy performances with a massive game in the Gunners' 3-0 over West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday.
Despite Arsenal rattling off five consecutive league wins, Koscielny didn't exactly have a great deal to show for it fantasy-wise. A string of low single digit performances likely had fantasy managers looking for alternatives as Koscielny is generally expensive and was not producing despite the wins. That all changed on Saturday with nine passes intercepted and a tackle won to supplement a clean sheet. With the schedule staying relatively kind, Koscielny and Arsenal's defense has a chance to build on the big performance. Mar 17 - 9:57 AM

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Laurent Koscielny had a huge fantasy match against Stoke City but should be considered a bonus for fantasy managers, not a harbinger of bigger things to come.

A goal and a clean sheet on the way to a 21 point effort in the Yahoo format certainly looks great for a player returning from the injured list fairly recently. Before we get too carried away, let's remember that in his other 10 appearances so far this season, Koscielny compiled a total of only 79 fantasy points. That's not a terrible average by any stretch of the imagination but he carries a heavy price in most salary cap formats and there are likely to be others who are much better value for the money. Koscielny has also been very brittle this season leading to the distinct possibility of an injury at any moment derailing your significant investment in the player.
Jan 14 - 12:24 PM

Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin have resumed full training and could be called upon for the Week 19 trip to West Ham United.

With Arsene Wenger forced to employ makeshift defensive line-ups for much of the past few months, he will be excited at the prospect of having Koscielny back to start and Bellerin back as a reserve right back who might be able to keep pace with some of the Premier League's faster left wingers. Koscielny's status as a starter for the Week 19 trip to Upton Park is uncertain but he seems likely to at least be on the bench with a start possible.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny looks like he'll be ready to ease Arsenal's defensive woes as he prepares to return for Week 19 or 20.

You have to imagine Arsene Wenger would like his defense to be at full strength for the visit of West Ham on Sunday as they have looked very good with the attacking trio of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Stuart Downing leading the charge. Wenger will have to weigh Koscielny's potential for re-injuring himself with the potential issues associated with continuing to persist with Mathieu Debuchy at the center of the defense and Calum Chambers out wide against the Hammers.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Arsenal's injury crisis continues to mount as Laurent Koscielny continues to be absent joining a host of others unavailable for the Week 16 visit from Newcastle.

The Magpies have been tearing up the league for the better part of two months and they will arrive at the Emirates on Saturday to find Arsenal at anything but full strength. The defense will be missing Koscielny (calf), Nacho Monreal (ankle), and Calum Chambers (suspended) in addition to a variety of attacking players. The only saving grace is that former Magpie Mathieu Debuchy will be available for the first time in months and will likely deputize in the middle of the park.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny will be available to Arsene Wenger for Arsenal's Week 13 match at the Hawthorns.

The France international has been out for almost six weeks. He was on the bench for the 2-0 win over Dortmund mid-week but did not make it on to the pitch. Given the timelines that Arsene Wenger has indicated previously, it is hard to imagine that Koscielny will be ready to start on Saturday against the Baggies. Most likely he will be on the bench for Week 13 and possibly the mid-week match as well.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:29:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny must be ahead of schedule in his recovery because Arsene Wenger has deemed him fit enough for a place on the bench against Borussia Dortmund in Wednesday's Champions League tie at the Emirates.

It was only a few days ago that Arsene Wenger declared Koscielny three weeks away from full group training. Apparently the schedule has moved up because he has been passed fit enough for a potential substitute role in a key Champions League match against group leaders Dortmund. It seems unlikely that Wenger will use the France international unless times are desperate but the way things are going at Arsenal, desperate isn't out of the question.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Arsene Wenger indicated today that Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are about three weeks away from full group training.

With the jam-packed holiday period getting ready to start, Koscielny and Debuchy can't return soon enough for Arsenal. The frailties of Nacho Monreal deputizing as a center back and Calum Chambers doing the same at right back were pointed out in the club's come-from-ahead 2-1 loss to Swansea in Week 11. If Arsenal are to mount a significant challenge for a top four spot and get past the group stage of the Champions League then their first choice defenders are likely going to have to return to full match readiness before the fixture list starts to get bogged down in December. The schedule Wenger laid out indicates that this is possible but only just. Any setbacks will mean Arsenal playing a series of league matches with less than a full strength defense.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Arsenal's defensive woes continue with the news that Laurent Koscielny will likely be out until after the international break if not longer.

Arsene Wenger wasn't precise on Koscielny's prognosis in his press conference leading up to the Week 9 match-up with Sunderland but what seemed clear is that the French international is likely to be absent through the mid-November international break. Calum Chambers will return from his suspension which will ease some of the defensive issues but it seems likely that Arsenal will continue to depend on Nacho Monreal to deputize at center back which isn't ideal.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Arsenal's injury woes keep mounting as center back Laurent Koscielny has been released from the France squad with tendinitis in both heels.

Arsenal's depth at the back was suspect coming into the season and each week seems to bring further evidence that Wenger's failure to buy reinforcements was ill-considered. It isn't clear whether Koscielny will miss the Week 8 match-up with Hull City or not but a better prepared team would have a capable third center back available to ensure Koscielny enough time to recover. It could be that Nacho Monreal will deputize for Koscielny but that's hardly an ideal situation for the Gunners. Transfer market inadequacies aside, it appears that Koscielny will be 50/50 for next weekend.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 11:20:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny took the top spot on this week's Joel Ward All-stars with a stout defensive performance despite Arsenal giving up two goals to Manchester City.

The Arsenal central defender led the Premier League in Week 4 with a combination of nine passes intercepted and three tackles won. The performance certainly does credit to the French international's effort but also raises concerns about Arsenal's midfield that allowed enough to make it through to the defense that Koscielny could be that active. It is worth noting that Koscielny has consistently outperformed his central defensive partner Per Mertesacker in the sorts of secondary statistics like interceptions and tackles that count for fantasy purposes.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 03:29:00 PM

Arsenal draw at the King Power Stadium on Sunday but Arsene Wenger confirms the Gunners picked up another three injuries during the match against Leicester City.

Worried fans looked on aghast as Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny suffered a sickening clash of heads leaving the Frenchman bloodied before departing to have staples inserted to close an open wound. Koscielny was able to continue for a short time while Wenger insisted his injury was a major contributory factor as the Foxes equalised just two minutes after Alexis Sanchez had opened the scoring. Calum Chambers was introduced at the request of the player who did not feel comfortable heading the ball although it was confirmed later the he was not concussed; the French Football Federation advised on Monday that the defender has withdrawn from the national squad ahead of friendlies against Spain and Serbia. Mesut Ozil (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (calf) will both be assessed but neither injury is thought to be serious.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 09:10:00 AM

Uncertain with an ongoing Achilles complaint, Laurent Koscielny has come to the rescue of a thin Arsenal defense missing Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker.

With Arsene Wenger's preference being to rest Per Mertesacker until the weekend, Arsenal have been buoyed by Laurent Koscielny's ability to play through his minor complaint. Fellow France international Olivier Giroud also stepped up his return from the World Cup to return to his usual starting spot in place of Yaya Sanogo. The issues underline Arsenal's ongoing need for another central defender and another center forward.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 03:11:00 PM

After picking up a tweak in the Community Shield match over Manchester City, Laurent Koscielny's status is uncertain for Week 1 against Crystal Palace.

The France international played the entire first half against the defending league champions on Sunday but apparently tweaked his lower leg in the process. Arsenal supporters will be waiting eagerly for Arsene Wenger's press conference on Friday because it is already likely that Per Mertesacker will be absent as he recovers after his World Cup exertions. Both center backs being absent and Thomas Vermaelen having shipped off to Barcelona means that Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal might be the pairing in central defense. Not ideal.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 09:20:00 PM

France had an opportunity to take advantage of a lackluster performance from Germany, but they were just as unimpressive and a set piece goal by the Germans was all that was needed to end France's World Cup run in a 0-1 loss.

France were not without their share of opportunities but they could not establish a consistent threat to put the pressure on the Germans. When chances were had, Manuel Neuer kept things very tidy in the area while other shots were off target. The question on the minds of many is why Koscielny was left out of the XI, only to come on later as a substitute for Mamadou Sakho who apparently was not fit enough to last the match. It isn't exactly the debacle that was World Cup 2010 for France, but it was a disappointing exit nonetheless.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 02:29:00 PM